NARS The Multiple Duo Review

December 21, 2008

The Multiple has always been one of the cult products in the beauty industry and now NARS has put two colors in a compact to give us the Multiple Duo ($45), available only for a limited time.

Encased in NARS’ signature black mirrored compact about the size of the Holiday eyeshadow palette (which I totally love btw), the Multiple Duo can be used on the eyes, lips and cheeks. There are a total of five sets of colors available. All colors are super lightweight, great to blend and create such a nice, subtle glow to the face.

Orgasm/South Beach (featured in this review) – Shimmery peachy pink and shimmery apricot

Copacabana/St. Barts – Glistening pearl and taupe shimmer

Maldives/Riviera – Pink champagne with shimmer and pink

Portofino/Malibu – Shimmering coral and pinkish brown

Maui/Palm Beach – Dusty rose and rich bronze

While Orgasm looked great as a blush on my NC30 skin, I find South Beach to be the winner in this pair. The color looked great as a wash on the eyelids, on the hollows of the cheeks for just the right amount of contouring and along the bridge of the nose as a highlighter.

I have never really been a fan of multi-use cream products but the Multiple Duo has definitely got me converted! Copacabana/St. Barts will be my next duo!


  • Reply Tammy December 21, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Phyllis! I saw an article about you and your blog in a chinese magazine! Just letting you know 🙂

  • Reply Joa December 21, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Hey Phyllis!

    I’m just wondering if you know whether or not MAC and NARS have any boxing day special? Thanks!


  • Reply Phyllis December 21, 2008 at 3:01 pm


    Yes I did an interview with Ming Pao =) How did it turn out?

  • Reply Angela December 21, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Those colors look gorgeous! I love NARS products.

    The duo you have looks gorgeous on you! A pretty, sheen glow. And your contacts just make your eyes pop!! ♥

  • Reply kit December 21, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    My sister has a multiple that she has been using for years – lasts forever. Would definitely buy this if it weren’t so pricey. You’ve tempted me – will have to check it out some more at the store..

  • Reply Vivian December 22, 2008 at 12:58 am

    I have Copacabana/St. Barts! I love it, but I find that the duos apply much more sheerly than the original multiples. I feel that the original ones are also much more creamy, but I love having two colors in one compact thing. Speaking of the compact, its surprisingly big!

  • Reply istase2000 December 22, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I love this look! it’s girly and healthy but definitely not overdone! u look really nice! ^^

  • Reply Karen December 22, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Everytime I walk into Sephora, I always try this duo on… and it looks perfect on my skin.. but yet I couldn’t fork out the money to actually buy it 🙁 maybe this will be my first purchase in 2009! I want Riviera and Maldives as well!

    Merry Christmas btw… going back to Hong Kong tomorrow and let me know if you need anything 😀

  • Reply Joanne December 23, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Ohh those colors are amazing & it look so beautiful on you! my skin isn’t as clear as yours so sometimes I feel a bit reserved about glitter/shimmery blushes. actually blush in general. i unno sometimes I feel like it’s bringing more attention to the brown acne scar/discoloration i’m trying to get rid of on my cheeks when I have blush on, you know? I’m working hard on clearing up my skin though! so one day…one day…

  • Reply Gwen December 23, 2008 at 10:33 am

    ur skin look fab!!!!!!!!
    what products are you using?

  • Reply Tina December 23, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    I bought this yesterday and I like this a lot! The guy I’m dating told me that I looked “pretty” today…I owe it to the Nars orgasm blush….and to you! Very subtle and luminous. I am off the China/HK tomorrow, is there any stores that you recommend I go to? I am really into skincare and would like some tips on what to buy. Sigh, I want skin like yours, it’s so perfect. Please email me when you get the chance. I’m sure you hear this all the time, but I love your blog and I think you are incredible!!!!!

  • Reply Tina December 23, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    p.s. i like the cream blush much better than the powder blush. The application is more natural . Phyllis, do you have any tips on how to “prep” the cream blush? I use bb (blue tube) then I apply the cream blush after that. However, i have some red spots (born with it) that still show up. Tips please ? 🙂

  • Reply Phyllis December 23, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks Gwen =) I’m using the following:

    * Shills Super Magic BB cream (I just started using this and I <3 it! Will do a review soon!)
    * NARS Multiple Duo in Orgasm/South (South Beach on eyelids and hollows of cheeks, Orgasm as a blush)
    * Ipum False Lashes on top
    * MAC Penultimate Liner in Rapidblack to line
    * Anastasia Highlighting Brow Kit to fill in eyebrows
    * MAC Lip Conditioner

  • Reply -Sanerz December 24, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Which contact lense brand/color are you using….it looks gorgeous…

  • Reply Phyllis December 24, 2008 at 10:04 pm


    I’m wearing FreshKon’s color contacts in Aqua.

  • Reply Sammie January 30, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Is that south beach in the hollows of your cheeks? Cos girl, those cheekbones look awesome! I need to find a way of doing that =D

  • Reply Phyllis January 30, 2009 at 10:23 am


    Yes I’m wearing South Beach on the hollows with Orgasm along the cheekbones.

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